Narcisco "Ciso'' Platero Abeyta and Carl Gorman both achieve considerable reputation in the Southwest for their visual exploration of the Navajo culture. Carl Gorman was the father of currently one of the best-known painters in the region, R. C. Gorman, who has sculpted a monument to the Code Talkers. During and after the war, Ciso Abeyta suffered what was then known as "shell shock". He began his studies in art at the Santa Fe Indian School, and later graduated from the University of New Mexico. Though he studied under modernist painter Raymond Johnson, he was unable to create much on his own until after more than ten years of therapy. Most of his work was done in the 1960s and 70s.
Working mostly in watercolor, Abeyta's paintings dealt mostly with Navajo mythology and myths involving the creation. His work can not only be seen in various Sante Fe museums such as the Museum of New Mexico and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, but also in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Museum of the American Indian in New York. Carl Gorman died in February of this year, while his friend and fellow Code Talker, Narcisco Abeyta passed away on June 22. He was 79.